Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Delays Due to Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) from Medical Malpractice
A judge in Wayne County, Michigan approved a $1.95 million settlement between a local hospital and a girl who suffered neurological injuries during delivery. According to the lawsuit, doctors ignored a significant decrease in amniotic fluid level that appeared during a routine prenatal test. Additionally, the medical professionals at hand did not advise the mother about the risks of their findings. As a result, the baby suffered from a condition known as hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (birth asphyxia) when she was born. The child has since been diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP) and developmental delays due to hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE).
Detroit, Michigan birth injury attorney Jesse Reiter of ABC Law Centers warns that significant decreases in amniotic fluid levels during pregnancy require further medical investigation, even if amniotic fluid levels remain at a technically normal level. Throughout this page, the hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) attorneys from Reiter & Walsh, PC will discuss how instances of medical malpractice can cause HIE, fetal oxygen deprivation, infant brain damage, cerebral palsy (CP) and developmental delays. If you have any questions or case inquiries, please contact our birth injury lawyers toll-free at 888-419-2229 or complete this quick online contact form.
Medical Malpractice and Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
When doctors ignore significant signs or symptoms of complications during prenatal care, the consequences can be devastating for the newborn baby. Often, medical malpractice causes permanent neurological injuries that require a lifetime of therapy, treatment, medications and medical attention. Because hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is a type of brain injury, many children who suffered HIE around the time of birth go on to live with cerebral palsy (CP) and developmental disabilities. Below is a short introduction to hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), developmental disabilities and cerebral palsy.
1. Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
- What is hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)?
- Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy is a type of brain injury that occurs when a neonate experiences decreased blood and oxygen flow to his or her brain around the time of birth. A shortage of oxygen in the baby’s developing brain results in cell death and permanent brain damage.
- How common is hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy?
- HIE occurs in roughly two to nine babies for every 1,000 live births. About ten to sixty percent of these infants die during the neonatal period and about a quarter of the surviving babies go on to develop serious brain damage, long-term neurological problems and developmental delays.
- What are other terms used for hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy?
- Although the terms are not exactly interchangeable, many refer to hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy as birth asphyxia, intrapartum asphyxia and neonatal encephalopathy (NE).
- What kinds of birth injuries cause hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy?
- Any injury, infection, illness, condition, scenario, or medical mistake that limits the flow of oxygen to the neonate can cause hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. These can include maternal infections, head trauma, umbilical cord complications, infant illnesses or health conditions, delayed emergency C-section or prolonged delivery, anesthesia mistakes and more.
- Is there any treatment for hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy?
- The only current treatment known to reverse some of the permanent brain damage caused by hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is hypothermia treatment (brain cooling). During hypothermia treatment, an infant’s body temperature is cooled for roughly 3 days. This process allows brain cells time to recover from oxygen deprivation. To learn more about brain cooling / hypothermia treatment, visit this page.
- Where can I learn more about hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy?
- We have a number of resources related to hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy throughout our website, which we encourage you to peruse. For a basic overview of hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy and a short list of related resources, visit this webpage.
2. Cerebral Palsy (CP)
- What is cerebral palsy?
- Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of non-progressive movement conditions that cause physical disability in development, mostly in bodily movement. Cerebral palsy is the result of damage to the motor control centers of the developing brain and can occur during pregnancy, during childbirth or after birth up to about age three.
3. Developmental Delays
- Children are diagnosed with developmental delays when they are less physically or mentally developed than other children their age. Typical developmental delays are characterized by underdeveloped walking, talking, thinking and crawling.
Legal Help for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Delays Due to Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
At Reiter & Walsh, PC, our Detroit, Michigan hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) lawyers have been handling birth injury cases exclusively for roughly 30 years. Our legal team has the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to win highly specialized cases related to birth asphyxia and birth injury. Our birth injury lawyers have helped children with HIE and developmental delays obtain the funds necessary to receive all health care, therapy, treatment, medication and lifestyle adjustments necessary for lives of equal opportunity and well-being.
Our Detroit, Michigan birth injury and HIE lawyers are available to speak with your 24/7 and will review your case for free. You may call Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers toll-free at 888-419-2229, complete this online contact form or press the Live Chat button to the left. We look forward to speaking with you!